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What is Active Performance Cupping?

Cupping is a technique that has been used for centuries in various cultures, and it is believed to have several therapeutic effects on the body.

From a TCM perspective, cupping is thought to invigorate the circulation of qi (vital energy) and blood in the body, resolving stagnation, swelling, pain, and tension. By drawing impurities to the surface, cupping is believed to help remove toxins from the body.

From a Western physiology perspective, cupping is thought to have effects on the connective tissue or fascia, loosening it and stimulating blood flow to the surface. This can help relax tissues, improve cell-to-cell communication, and reduce markers of inflammation, such as inflammatory cytokines, while increasing cytokines that promote healing and relaxation.

The use of cupping techniques, such as Moving Cupping, Stationary Cupping, and Flash Cupping, at Active Performance Clinic aims to break up the surface layer of fascia, allowing access to scar tissue or adhesions that may be impairing joint or muscle movement. Scar tissue or adhesions can form due to factors such as overuse, excess strain, or tearing, and can restrict movement, leading to altered muscle memory or movement patterns.

By incorporating cupping into the treatment approach, Active Performance Clinic aims to address fascial restrictions, improve circulation, and promote relaxation, which may contribute to improved joint and muscle function, reduced pain, and enhanced overall performance.

It's important to note that cupping, like any other therapy, should be performed by qualified practitioners and tailored to individual needs and conditions. If you're considering cupping or any other therapeutic modality, it's best to consult with a qualified healthcare provider to determine if it's appropriate for your specific situation.



Cupping is believed to improve overall health by addressing energy blockages in the body, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). These blockages are thought to disrupt the healthy flow of qi (vital energy) and cupping is believed to help remove these barriers and restore balance.

In the context of athletes, cupping may be used to increase blood flow to specific muscle regions, reduce pain, and promote muscle relaxation. Many athletes, including those who participated in the Olympics in Rio 2016, have been observed to use cupping, as evidenced by circular markings on their bodies, such as on the U.S. swim team members and Michael Phelps.

Based on experience, cupping and other modalities may have significant benefits in various conditions, including local pain relief, relaxation of tight and stiff muscles, relief from headaches and migraines, back pain, rotator cuff pain, piriformis syndrome, plantar fasciitis, ITB pain and tightness, Achilles tendonitis, radial tendonitis, lateral epicondylitis, medial epicondylitis, cervical spondylitis, knee pain, and more.

Cupping is also believed to have positive effects on blood flow, immunity, inflammation reduction, calming the nervous system, stretching muscles and connective tissue, loosening adhesions and restrictions in the tissue, promoting relaxation, improving athletic performance, and enhancing general well-being.


The research of U.S. physiologist and acupuncturist Helene Langevin has documented cell-level changes using an ultrasound camera. She has demonstrated that techniques like cupping, acupuncture, and massage relax tissue and reduce markers of inflammation. Inflammatory cytokines (chemical messengers) are reduced, and cytokines that promote healing and relaxation are increased.

Journal of Physical Fitness, Medicine, & Treatment in Sports.- Submission: March 27, 2018; Published: April 03, 2018


Journal of Physical Fitness, Medicine, & Treatment in Sports.- Submission: March 27, 2018; Published: April 03, 2018
K. Ullah, A. Younis, M. Wali

An investigation into the effect of cupping therapy as a treatment for anterior knee pain and its potential role in health promotion
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A.M. Al-Bedah, T.S. Aboushanab, M.S. Alqaed, et al.

Classification of Cupping Therapy: a tool for modernization and standardization
J. Compl. Alternative Med. Res., 1 (2016)
Jong-In Kim, Myeong Soo Lee, Dong-Hyo Lee, Kate Boddy, Edzard Ernst

Cupping for treating pain: a systematic review
Evgeni Rozenfeld, Leonid Kalichman

New is the well-forgotten old: the use of dry cupping in musculoskeletal medicine
J Bodyw Mov Ther, 20 (1) (2016), pp. 173-178


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